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Threats to the Status

Quo in NYC

Volume IV, Issue II

Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,

It is with great pride

that we present to

you the Second Issue

of the Fourth

Volume of the MannHattan


After months of

preparation, we are

thrilled to publish an

issue that we feel represents

a return to the

traditional excellence

of the MannHattan


We have taken great

care to provide articles

suited for even the

most exotic tastes- we

cover everything from

Governor Paterson’s

scandal to New York-

Fashion Week. The

theme of this issue is

“Threats to the Status

Quo in NYC.” This is

a tumultuous time for

our city- everything

from city politics to

the financial crisis has

tremendous local implications.


of this, we’ve decided

to examine just what

makes New York so

great and what some of

these threats are.

We hope you enjoy our

second and final issue

of this year as much as

we’ve enjoyed putting

it together. We look

forward to continuing

the fantastic work

we’ve done so far and

continuing to work

with the fantastic team

of the MannHattan Review!

Keep an eye out

for us next year!

Yours truly,

Justin Burris

Nicholas Demas


P.S. In the past

months, we’ve taken

steps to reorganize the

publication and would

like to thank Daniel

Burko and Nicky

Harnik for their tremendous


MannHattan Review

Volume IV, Issue II

Spring 2010


Justin Burris

Nicholas Demas

Executive Board

Daniel Burko

Nicky Harnik

Alexander Speiser

Senior Editor

David Yassky

Layout Assistant

Harris Teitelbaum


Matt Citak

Charlotte Christman-Cohen

Harrison Finkelstein

Tyler Finkelstein

Ashley Gerber

David Goodman

Michael Herschorn

Zoe Kestan

Alexandra Saali

Charles Scherr

Joseph Siegal

Olivia Silberman

Alice Taranto

Daphne Taranto

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Somma

Special Thanks To:

Mr. Somma

Alexander Speiser


Cover Image Courtesy of “The Day

After Tomorrow”

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David Patterson’s Hapless Downfall Page 3

By David Yassky

City Life

Global Warming in NYC Page 5

By Michael Herschorn

Increasing New York’s Park Space Page 7

By Olivia Silberman

The MTA Budget Crisis Page 9

By Alexandra Saali

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Page 11

By Tyler Finkelstein


New York’s Startup Community Page 12

By Justin Burris

Atlantic Yards Page 13

By Ashley Gerber


NYC as a Concert Hub Page 15

By Charlotte Christman-Cohen

The Best Burger in Manhattan Page 17

By Joe Siegal

New York Fashion Week Page 19

By Alice Taranto, Daphne Taranto, Zoe Kestan


Giants Season Review Page 20

By Charles Scherr

Knicks and Nets Season Review Page 21

By Matt Citak

Mets and Yankees Season Preview Page 23

By David Goodman

New York’s Olympians Page 25

By Harrison Finkelstein

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All Eyes on the Govern

David Paterson’s Haples

By David Yassky

Following Governor Elliot Spitzer’s

resignation, New Yorkers didn’t know where to

turn. The constant bombardment of bad news

left the state despondent over its government,

only to be reinforced by other national political

scandals and the escalating financial crisis. But,

as Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson prepared

to be sworn in as New York’s 55th Governor,

a glimmer of hope shined throughout

the nation’s third most populous state.

This optimism increased following Patterson’s

inauguration speech, as great

change was promised for the state of

New York. With only five years of real

political experience, Patterson would become

both the fourth African-American

and the second blind person in the history

of the United States to be governor.

What came out of New York’s darkest

days was an implausible dignitary destined

for greatness.

In fact, Governor Paterson’s first day

in office was promising, as it demonstrated

his political capabilities. He signed five

pieces of important legislation dealing

with the NYS Department of Labor,

senior employment programs,

and the Health

Research Science


In order

to gain



his office, he asked all of Spitzer’s appointed

cabinet members to give him letters of resignation.

This did not mean that they were forced to

resign, but rather that Paterson had the ability

to make changes within his cabinet if he desired

to. His bullish actions during his first day

in office conveyed a “message of hope to New

Yorkers,” as said by Assembly Speaker Sheldon


Unfortunately, the hope generated by

his political affairs was quickly

masked by a different

type of affair. During

his second day in office,

both Paterson

and his wife, Michelle,

admitted to

having extramarital

affairs starting in

1999 and ending

in 2001, during

a rocky period in

their marriage. The

two were knowingly

cheating on each

other but kept the

affairs quiet until they

met with marriage

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ss Downfall

counselors during the early 2000’s. As rumors

began to circulate during his years as Lt. Governor,

he decided it was best to admit the affairs

before the rumors caught up to him later in his

time as governor. The confessions quickly distressed

New Yorkers, as it was the second time

in a week that a New York State governor was

reportedly involved in a sex scandal. Paterson’s

path to greatness was immediately marred and

much of the faith that New Yorkers had in him

was quickly lost. To everyone’s dismay, it all

went downhill from there.

On October 28th, 2009, Paterson attended

the first game of the World Series at Yankee

Stadium with his son, a cabinet member and

other colleagues. Each ticket was worth $425,

putting the group in some of the best seats

in the house. Later in the year, he was asked

under oath whether he paid for the tickets, and

he responded that he had. But, after suspicions

grew earlier this year, the State Commission

on Public Integrity reported that Paterson had

actually received the tickets for free from the

Yankees. Not only did Paterson lie under oath,

he also illegally received a gift from a lobbyist

organization. After being accused of criminal

activity, in order to appear innocent, Paterson

wrote a check dated around the time of the

Yankee game. He said that he intended to pay

for the tickets but never did. The state is continuing

an investigation regarding these crimes

and is deciding whether Paterson should face

criminal charges.

Paterson recently evoked former President

Richard Nixon’s style of running government.

On this past Halloween, one of Paterson’s

top aides, David W. Johnson, reportedly

grabbed his live-in girlfriend, Sherunna Booker,

by the neck and abused her after coming

home to her wearing a Halloween costume that

he didn’t like. After requesting an order of protection

from the state, Booker complained that

state police were constantly contacting her and

advising her to drop any charges against Johnson.

The case was eventually dismissed because

Booker did not appear in court to testify against

Johnson. On February 26th, 2010, the New

York Times reported that it was Paterson who

ordered state police to convince Booker not to

testify in court. His crime, known as witness

tampering, has been treated harshly throughout

American history and even resulted in the

resignation of President Nixon in 1974 amidst

the Watergate Scandal. Paterson’s crime has

even taken on the name “Troopergate.”

The two recently discovered scandals

involving Governor Paterson have completely

ruined his chance at achieving the greatness

that his inauguration promised. Although he

has accomplished a lot since becoming governor,

his successes have been buried under a

mound of political and personal scandals. After

the public found out in February about the

scandals, Paterson dismissed any notion that he

would run for re-election in later this year. The

National Organization for Women and many

state legislators are even calling for Paterson’s

immediate resignation. Many of his aides, such

as his top spokesman, Peter Kauffmann, have

already resigned due to Paterson’s corruption.

If his resignation occurs, there will have been

two New York governors in a row to prematurely

leave their post. It is possible that by the time

this article is published, New York State may

have a new governor.

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Hot Times in New York City

By Michael Herschorn

Global warming is a highly controversial

and pressing issue in our world today. We

residents of New York City tend not to think of

it as an immediate danger, but, in the next few

decades, it could prove to be a deadly threat.

Global warming is the gradual increase in

overall temperature of the Earth caused by the

Greenhouse Effect, the trapping of the sun’s

warmth by greenhouse gases in the lower atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases, such as methane,

carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, are emitted

in a variety of ways, both naturally and synthetically.

According to environmental scientists,

an increase in greenhouse gases is able to cause

more heat to be trapped in our atmosphere,

raising Earth’s temperatures.

Global warming will affect the lives of

many NYC residents if it continues to worsen.

The earth’s temperature is estimated to increase

by four degrees Fahrenheit or more

by 2100. This rise in temperature will cause

more heat related deaths as well as increased

amounts of smog, resulting in respiratory issues

for New Yorkers. In New York State, the

forests, eco-systems, and the overall health of

people will be affected. It is believed that global

warming will cause stream flows to lessen and

the water temperature of the streams to increase.

This increase is unfavorable to trout

and other cold-water fish, a tribulation for our

state’s fishermen. The rising temperature is

favorable to the pathogens and parasites that

plague humans and wildlife alike. The thriving

of parasites and pathogens could culminate in

more infection-related deaths.

Many New Yorkers are worried about

the possibility of increased sea levels due to the

melting icecaps of the North and South Poles.

Some scientists believe that sea levels around

New York could increase by up to 20 inches by

year 2100. Other scientists feel that this estimate

is exaggerated and that sea levels may

only rise a few inches during this time span.

Regardless of who is correct, a combination

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of both rising sea level and increased warmth

poses a threat. Scientists believe that this could

result in fiercer storms and winds that are not

usually common for New York. These storms

would cause many deaths and billions of dollars

worth of damage.

The Department of Environmental Protection

of New York City is also planning to

implement some new techniques such as reserving

water by modernizing the water supply

system for our city. To do this, it is studying the

amounts of water used all over the city to set a

target amount of water they plan on distributing.

They will add new electronic monitoring

systems as well as use new materials for pipes

in order to improve the system. The DEP is also

planning on utilizing bio-fuels that do not give

off greenhouse gases. All of these plans can

potentially save our planet, but it is up to you to

participate and support these actions.

Our federal government, in an attempt to

try to decrease the progression of global warming,

has posed several solutions. The “Climate

Stewardship Act” was proposed in the Senate

by Senators McCain and Lieberman and in the

House of Representatives by Reps. Gilchrest

and Oliver. The Act creates a market-based

cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon dioxide

emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions

from electricity generators and other large industrial

and commercial sources, covering 85%

of the nation’s emissions. Under a cap-andtrade

system, a certain number of emissions

allowances, or permits, are distributed to emitters.

A single permit allows the holder to emit

one metric ton of carbon dioxide or the equivalent

amount of other gases. Companies that do

not exceed this amount can sell their allowances

to other companies who do, giving companies

incentives to lower their carbon footprint.

Under this kind of system, only companies who

can realistically and economically reduce their

emissions actually will do so, thus minimizing

the economic impacts. To save our planet, we

need everyone to help.

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Pursuing the Parks

By Olivia Silberman

How far do you live from a park? Despite

the government’s addition of 300 acres

of park space in the last five years, over two

million people live more then 10 minutes

from a park. Open space and fresh air from

parks benefit the environment and our own

health. PlaNYC, created by Mayor Bloomberg,

is a 127-point plan to make New York City the

first “environmentally sustainable” modern

and large city by accomplishing 10 goals by

2030. An improvement and expansion to the

city’s land and park system is one of these


There are various initiatives within

this “Open Space” goal: to open schoolyards

and make them public playgrounds, to make

fields and areas for competitive athletes to

play and practice on, to complete unfinished

parks, to make more multi-purpose fields, to

install lights on existing fields to make them

available for use at night, to create or improve

public plazas, and to make streets and sidewalks


Most schoolyards are underutilized.

They are either closed after the school day

ends, they are poorly equipped, or both. The

enhancement and opening of these schoolyards

gives children proper places to play as

well as keep the number of children in the

playgrounds within the proper limit. As of

April 22, 2008, 69 schoolyards have been

opened as playgrounds; 3 schoolyards have

been renovated, designs for 32 schoolyards

have been made, and more designs and renovations

are being planned.

The city’s park system is based upon

various regional and large parks, each of

which provide a range of resources and attract

many. There are 500 acres of “underdeveloped

parkland and underutilized facilities”

that will be transformed and developed into

more of these wonderful parks. As of April 22,

2008 various plans for these upcoming parks

have been made.

There are very few fields for athletes

to play on. High-quality fields are being

constructed for use by both school and community

teams, making it easier to find a

place to practice. The previous expansion of

the park system focused mainly on providing

more baseball diamonds and basketball

courts, both of which were popular at the

time. Since then, New Yorkers have changed

their interests and are now more invested in

sports played on grass or turf fields, such as

soccer, field hockey, cricket, and rugby. To

accommodate all of those interested in these

games, many asphalt sites will be converted

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into environmentally friendly, multi-use turf

fields. Construction and designs for many of

these fields have already begun. Fields are virtually

unusable after the sun goes down. The

installation of new lights to these fields will

maximize playtime (2 hours in the summer

and 4 hours in the spring and fall) for only a

fraction of the price for a new field.

Public plazas will be made reflecting

the culture and style of each community.

These plazas enhance and bring neighborhoods

closer together. A few plazas and plans

for even more have already been made to

guarantee that all New Yorkers live within a

10-minute walk of open space.

The last initiative is to “green the cityscape.”

Trees are essential to the environment.

They not only are beautiful but they

also help us breath by taking in carbon dioxide

and releasing oxygen, cool air temperatures,

conserve energy, decrease air pollution,

and “reduce storm water runoff.” The

Department of Parks and Recreation is filling

various areas with trees around the city. They

are campaigning to fulfill every street tree opportunity.

The Million Trees project plans to

plant a million trees around New York City as

well as replacing dead trees. The expansion of

the Greenstreets program will also help green

the city. This program replaces and substitutes

unused road space into green space; 40

new Greenstreets projects will be made every

planting season over the next 10 years.

Studies show that each person in New

York City has less open space than almost any

other person in major cities in America. The

plan PlaNYC is working to change this. The

seven open space initiatives target each faulty

area on our park system and improve them.

“With the vision and resources provided by

PlaNYC, the Department of Parks and Recreation

will launch the most ambitious parks

program in half a century, creating new open

spaces and expanding the city’s urban forest.”

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Transit Woes- Here to Stay

By Alexandra Saali

On November 10th 2008, The New York

Times published an article regarding the Metropolitan

Transportation Authority’s proposed

$1.2 billed budget deficit in 2009. Required new

fare and toll increases or service reductions were

expected unless the MTA received new state and

city aid or found new sources of revenue. Although

the response to The New York Time’s

estimate was horror, the debt payments in 2009

alone were actually equal to $1.9 billion. Despite

the implementation of approved fare/toll increase

and service cuts, the MTA’s most recent projected

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budget deficit is $621 million deficit in 2009.

Debt payments increased by 45 percent between

2003 and 2008 and are expected to rise another

51 percent by 2012. Inflation rates also rose

between 2003 and 2008 from 2.60% to 4.28%.

Overall, the MTA has $25.5 billion in outstanding

debt and was forced to raise fares.

New York is the nation’s largest regional

economy and generates $901 billion in economic

activity per year. Thus many argue that the federal

government should increase its funding for

the MTA, the nation’s largest mass transit system

and a vital piece of our national transportation

infrastructure, at a rate similar to major road

and highway projects. Currently,

new highway projects that receive

federal funding are supported by

between 80 and 90 percent of the

project’s total cost. Transit projects

that receive federal funding are

eligible for a maximum 60 percent

share of federal funds but federal

contributions are often much lower.

Changes to federal funding formulas

are not in the direct control

of the New York State legislature,

but Albany needs to work with New

York’s Congressional delegation to

confirm parity in federal transportation

funding between road and

transportation projects.

The MTA’s current budget

crisis is the direct result of a series

of irresponsible political decisions

that have prioritized the state legislature’s

popularity over adequate

investment in mass transit. While

the dramatic declines in state and

city contributions to capital planning

and labor costs played a minor

roll in the debt crisis the MTA

faces, the root cause was runaway

debt. Money has been taken from

the MTA funds for the past 15

years, allowing former Governor

Pataki and the state legislature to

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seek popularity by giving the money away. The

members on the MTA Board maintained their

position on the MTA Board by going along with

this and borrowed massive amounts to make up

the difference. Tax dollars were diverted to other

more politically potent interests, like the health

care non-profiteers via Medicaid and the overfunded

schools in the portions of New York State

outside New York City. The immediate result was

lower fares, richer pensions, tax cuts, breaks and

giveaways. Taxes that were diverted away from

the MTA provided benefits, such as half fares for

senior citizens all day (not excluding rush hours),

and higher prices for contractors on capital

contracts were. Between 2003 and 2008, debt

service payments and non-labor expenses grew at

a rate of 45 percent and 40 percent, while inflation

rose 1.68% during this period. Labor costs

grew at the much slower rate of 16%. Additionally,

payroll expenses grew at a slower rate than the

number of employees. Increases in labor costs

are attributable to the growth in health care costs

(21% during 2003-2008) and the growth in pension

costs (138%). Obviously the end to transit

related tribulation does not seem near. Expect

more cuts and fare increases.

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St. Patrickís Day Parade

By Tyler Finkelstein

Like many, you may not know the purpose of St.

Patrick’s Day or its meaning. Nevertheless, you

probably know that celebrations take place all

over the world and annual traditions are continued.

In Illinois, the Chicago River is dyed green

using forty pounds of vegetable dye. In Washington,

D.C., the White House’s fountain is also

dyed green. At the Missouri University of Science

and Technology, city blocks are painted green

with mops. Of all of the festive and even bizarre

St. Patty’s Day celebrations that occur across the

country, none compare to New York’s St. Patrick’s

Day Parade.

dream, God told him to go to Ireland as a missionary;

after fifteen years of studying Christianity,

he went back to Ireland to fulfill his destiny.

By incorporating traditional Irish beliefs and

customs into Christianity, he was able to win over

much of Ireland and changed its religious history


The Irish have traditional meals to celebrate

St. Patrick’s Day. Irish-Americans who like

to be a part of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions often

eat Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage. Most

Americans believe this to be a traditional Irish

meal, but this is not the case; in Ireland, many

Every March 17th, an estimated 2 million

New Yorkers line city blocks to watch the St.

Patrick’s Day Parade. The extraordinary parade

consists of 150,000 marchers, including firefighters,

soldiers, policemen, band members, members

of county associations, representatives for emigrant

societies, and leaders of social and cultural

clubs. The NYC parade, which is the 2nd oldest in

the United States dating back to 1762, runs along

5th avenue, from 44th street to 86th street. Each

year, a Grand Marshal for the parade is chosen.

This year, the honorable Raymond Kelly, the NYC

Police Commissioner, was chosen.

Although most people do not see the religious

aspect of St. Patrick’s Day, it is indeed a

religious holiday honoring a saint. St. Patrick lived

from 387-493 AD. Surprisingly, St. Patrick was

British, not Irish, but was significant in spreading

Chrisitianity in Ireland. He was born into a

wealthy family in England and was taken prisoner

by the Irish. While a prisoner, he believed that

God spoke to him and told him to leave Ireland,

spurring his escape back to England. In a second

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eat either ham and cabbage or bacon and cabbage.

But, in both the United States and Ireland,

drinking is customary. Sometimes, even beer and

whiskey are dyed green. The tradition of drinking

did not always exist; the holiday used to have

a deeper religious meaning, and all pubs were

closed. Imagine if that were the case in NYC.

Many symbols are associated with St.

Patrick’s Day. The most obvious is the shamrock.

The legend is that St. Patrick used a Shamrock

to explain the doctrine of the Trinity, which

states that God is the Father, the Son and the

Holy Spirit. He used the shamrock as an example

because it is one leaf with three distinct parts.

Another symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland

is the leprechaun, which is representative of “the

luck of the Irish.” Leprechauns are traditional

Irish fairies who are no taller than 2 feet, hairy,

and dressed like a shoemaker with a crooked hat

and a leather apron. If you are lucky enough to

hear the sound of a leprechaun’s hammer, catch

him, and physically threaten him while staring

him down (to make sure he doesn’t vanish), he

may lead you to his pot of gold.

Empire State Entrepreneurs:

The NYC Startup Community

By Justin Burris

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It’s no secret that New York attracts the

world’s most ambitious and creative people. New

York’s decidedly dynamic vibe acts as a magnet

that draws industrious entrepreneurs seeking an

opportunity capitalize on the funding and talent

available in New York. These entrepreneurs engender

job creation and a healthy local economy,

and their fledgling enterprises are essential to

ensuring that New York remains a

global metropolis in

the future.


technologies have

always formed the

basis for the hottest startup sector. Currently,

that means that biotechnology and internet companies

lead the pack as the businesses in vogue.

Although New York may not be the technological

talent pool that Silicon Valley is, it certainly

has no shortage of tech-savvy venture capitalists

seeking promising companies to invest in.

Venture Capitalists like Union Square

Ventures’ Fred Wilson, the effective

dean of the New York tech

startup scene, provide the funding

and experience that empowers entrepreneurs

to pursue their dreams and develop

their products.

New York is the media capital of the world.

Multinational media powerhouses like Viacom,

CBS, and Condé Nast are all based in New York

and serve as gateways for entrepreneurs’ products’

entry into the marketplace. The ability to

utilize New York’s innumerable advertising and

public relations agencies to take advantage of

these media outlets ensures that a product developed

in New York will reach its target market.

For an entrepreneur, there’s nothing as

important as building a network of contacts.

Early stage startups often rely on the founder’s

personal contacts

for guidance

and a mutually

beneficial exchange

of services. This exchange

of services is the lifeblood of startups,

because no startup company

can survive without the assistance

of others. Startup Incubators like

Y-Combinator and Dogpatch Labs

serve as forums that promote cooperation between

startups and other essential service providers

such as lawyers and accountants.

New York’s hyper-capitalist setting

provides the perfect backdrop and

inspiration for emerging companies.

After all, it was in a fictionalized New

York City where Gordon Gekko proclaimed

“greed is good.” Wall Street’s

commercial emphasis pervades the entire city

and inspires entrepreneurs and innovators to

think mercenarily. Moreover, New York’s wealth

of Fortune 500 corporations serves as a model to

strive for. By coexisting alongside the proverbial

big dogs, startups receive daily inspiration as they

glimpse the rewards of success. New York’s fantastic

educational institutions

such as Columbia University

and New York University

supply the intellectual capacity

required to attain this success, and provide

a steady stream of workers prepared to power

New York’s startups to profitability.

New York’s startup community has

boomed in recent years, and it is entirely the

result of New York’s entrepreneurialism-conducive

milieu. The innovation, social context, and

financing that abounds in New York is beginning

to be taken advantage of for the first time since

the dot-com bubble burst of the early 2000s, and

New York is on its way ascending to its rightful

position as a world-class startup hub. This status

is essential to New York’s future, for without

the economic benefits

and constant creativity

of startups, New York

would cease to exist as a

global financial capital.

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Atlantic Yards

By Ashley Gerber

At the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush

avenues in downtown Brooklyn, one man’s

“mega-project” is finally underway to becoming

reality. The proposal for Atlantic Yards was introduced

in 2003, by developer Bruce C. Ratner,

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forest

City Ratner Companies. This project entails

residential and commercial buildings, with at

least 30 percent of the residential units pledged

for moderate- and middle-income families, surrounding

an 18,000-seat arena. The Barclays

Center arena, the future home of the New Jersey

Nets, would be the centerpiece of the 22-acre

Atlantic Yards development. Frank Gehry originally

designed Atlantic Yards and the estimated

cost of the project called for a $1 billion development.

However, due to the increasing difficulty

to raise money for the project in such dire times

for real estate, the design was repealed, one of the

many set backs Mr. Ratner has faced. It has been

very difficult to acquire investors and the proper

financing for this project, even with $700 million

in tax-exempt financing.

Forest City Ratner Companies has been to

court numerous times, most recently in November

2009. The New York Times had coverage of

this case, set forth before the Court of Appeals,

stating that “The Court of Appeals ruled of 6 to 1

that the state could exercise eminent domain in

claiming businesses, public property and private

homes for economic development projects like

Atlantic Yards.” In the seven years since the design

was first proposed, all five previous designs

have failed. However, on Wednesday September

9, 2009, the sixth and final design for this project

was released. The architect of the 18,000-seat

Barclays Center arena and the commercial and

residential buildings of the Atlantic Yards project

is SHoP. Forest City Ratner Companies has made

great headway with the Atlantic Yards project

after 7 years of court cases, revoked designs, and

initial financing difficulties for the project. March

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11th 2010 is the Atlantic Yards groundbreaking.

There is a countdown clock on the Barclays

Center website next to an image portraying the

external view of the planned arena, completed.

Mr. Ratner is very aware of the commotion he

has created with this project, and tends on having

police at the groundbreaking ceremony to control

protestors who are surely attending the ceremony.

A group of critics named “Develop Don’t

Destroy Brooklyn,” is gathering protestors for

the ceremony. Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn

brought Forest City Ratner Companies to court

over the controversy of using eminent domain.

Although they did not win the case, they plan

on continuing the battle with Forest City Ratner

Companies and the Atlantic Yards project that

has been going on for years. The New York Times

and Wall Street Journal has many full-page

advertisements sponsored by Barclays Capital,

advertising the groundbreaking. In a statement

from the advertisement, Barclays Capital seems

very enthusiastic about the project, “We are

proud to celebrate the groundbreaking for the

new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Barclays

Center will be the home to Nets Basketball and

a vibrant entertainment venue for the entire

region. Barclays is pleased to be a part of the

partnership that is bringing professional sports

back to Brooklyn and providing economic opportunity

to the community. It is through this

dedication to teamwork and excellence that

we will build success together.” The seeming

motto of the Atlantic Yards project is “Building

success from the ground up.”

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NYC As a Concert Hub

Charlotte Christman-Cohen

Let’s establish

some facts about New York

City, one of the greatest

cities in the world. On the

small island of Manhattan

alone, 1,634,765 people

go about their daily lives.

Each street corner provides

a distinct vibrant

atmosphere, infused with

all types of culture. New

York City has everything

from museums to galleries

to Broadway and Off-

Broadway theaters to film

centers. But, the most multifarious

and ample type

of entertainment that the

City provides is concerts.

Why, you may ask, is New

York the king of all concert

locations? Well, statistically it makes sense. New

York City is one of the densest cities, in terms of

population, in the country. It is extremely diverse,

holding communities of varying races, religions

and backgrounds. Diverse people means diverse

musical desires. Concerts in New York City provide

the bridge between all of these musicians

and the 8,000,000+ people in the city.

Apart from the diversity that makes concerts

special, New York City is home to some of

the most famous venues in the world, one of the

most recognized being Madison Square Garden.

MSG was built in 1968 and now holds around

320 events per year. It is home to the New York

Knicks and the New York Rangers. Along with

sporting events and special shows, MSG has hosted

some of the biggest headliners in the world including

Kanye West, The Police, Jay-Z and Elton

John. John Lennon even played his last concert

at MSG. Musicians across the world dream of

playing in front of MSG’s 20,000 screaming fans.

Elton John has said, “Madison Square Garden is

my favorite venue in the whole world… Madison

Square Garden is the center of the universe as far

as I’m concerned. It has the best acoustics, the

best audiences, the best reputation, and the best

history of great artists who have played there.”

Well said, Elton.

Another iconic City venue is Radio City

Music Hall, built in 1932. With 5,933 seats and

longstanding historical value, Radio City is a concert

hall that big-name musicians aspire to play

at. Dave Matthews performed there in 2007 and

just last April, Paul McCartney and Ring Starr

played at Radio City for a charity event.

Along with large iconic venues that make New

York City’s concerts known worldwide, many

smaller venues have opened relatively recently.

Some of these venues include: Terminal 5, The

Bowery and Mercury Lounge. Smaller venues,

like these, provide a more intimate and personal

experience. Unlike Madison Square Garden or

Radio City, where you may have to watch the

performer at a distance (or pay a lot of money to

get up close), smaller venues allow anyone the

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chance to have a more personal concert experience

(as long as you get there early). As frequent

concert attendee, David Yassky (‘11), puts it, “I

wanna see the sweat pouring down from the

drummer’s face. Now that’s rock.” Well said,


Okay, enough talk about the diversity of

New York and the great music venues. What

about the musicians? Well, it just so happens

that great musicians also contribute in making

New York City the concert hub it has become.

Let’s took a look at some recent examples.

Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, MGMT,

and Yeasayer all have one thing in common:

they’re all relatively new bands that have found

fame and success. Most importantly, they’re all

from Brooklyn. But, these are just new bands.

It goes without saying that since the Jazz Age

(pioneered by NYC-based musicians), the

City has produced a disproportionately large

amount of influential and groundbreaking musicans.

Whether it’s the people, the venues,

or the musicians, take your pick, one thing is

certain: New York City is one of the greatest

places in the world to see a concert. As new

artists emerge on the music scene, new venues

are established - and in some cases, old venues

are revived. In NYC, there is no shortage of

great music. If you’re at MSG watching a wellestablished

band or at a small venue listening

to an up-and-comer, New York City’s concerts

remind us that even in such a diverse place,

people still find music as a common ground.

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Joe Siegal’s Quest for the B

Every New Yorker has an opinion on where to get the best slice of pizza, but now, asking someone

where to find a great burger can spark a debate as well. Many restaurants now offer gourmet hamburgers

on their menus, and new fast-food style restaurants have been opening up all over the city,

specializing in hamburgers. Here, three of the best burgers in the city are rated according to their

quality, value, and restaurant service.

Shake Shack

Locations at Madison Square Park (23rd and Madison), 77th and Columbus, The Mets’ Citi Field, and

opening at 44th and 8th and 86th and Lexington this summer.

The popularity of Danny

Meyer’s Shake Shack restaurants

has been booming

recently, with new locations

opening to complement the

original outdoors Madison

Square Park location. The

restaurants offer single and

double burgers, as well as hot

dogs, fries, and shakes. The

burgers have good quality

lettuce and tomatoes on top

and use soft potato rolls for

buns. The meat is very juicy

and flavorful, but the burgers

are a fairly small size, making

the double a strong choice. A

single burger sells for $4.75,

and a double for $7.25, with

the prices inflated by $2 at

the Citi Field location. The Madison Square Park location is the original and best, even though lines

can take over half an hour at peak lunch times, leaving few tables open, though patrons can eat on the

surrounding park benches and grass. The Upper West Side location is indoors, and has scarce cafeteria-style

seating. However, lines are much shorter at this location. At Citi Field, hungry fans generally

will miss at least an inning or two waiting in line for food, as Shake Shack has become the most popular

concession at the new stadium.

Quality-4/5 (great tasting, but small burgers, fresh vegetables, and good buns)

Value-3/5 (Burger, fries, and drink costs about $10, more if you want a double burger or a shake instead)

Service-4/5 (multiple locations are accessible, clean, and bright, but be prepared to wait at Madison

Square Park)

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Best Burger in Manhattan

J.G. Melon

74th and 3rd

J.G. Melon opened in 1972, and its burger has become well known

in New York since. The burgers are sizeable, juicy, and cooked to

order. However, they do not come with anything on them other

than cheese. The buns are generic white bread. A hamburger costs

$8.50, with an extra 25 cents for cheese, and served with fries. The

restaurant has a moderate amount of seating, and is moderately

busy at lunch, but is usually quite crowded at night. Wait times to

simply get a table can range from 20 to 45 minutes. Once seated,

service is slow, but understandable for the usually crowded dinner


Quality-3/5 (meat is good quality, buns lacking, and no vegetables)

Value-3/5 (Burger, fries, and a drink costs slightly more than Shake Shack due to the more expensive


Service-2/5 (Getting a table is one matter, but slow kitchen service will leave you waiting even longer)

Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien

119 West 56 Street

Located down a dark, inconspicuous hallway in the lobby of the Parker Meridien Hotel, past a neon

sign of a burger, and through some floor-length curtains, Burger Joint is a not so well kept secret

among New Yorkers. The hot, wood-paneled walls are covered with movie posters and sports-page

clippings from years past. The menu board plainly states “If you don’t see it, we don’t have it.” There

is little seating available, and lines stretch out into the lobby of the hotel. The large burgers are great,

with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles on top of flavorful patties and cheese. A cheeseburger is $7.35

and cooked on a flat-top grill in plain sight of the customer as the cashier and staff yell out orders

over the sound of the kitchen and whatever game happens to be playing on the TV overhead. Despite

the long lines and few tables, Burger

Joint serves great burgers in a truly

New York style locale.

Quality-5/5 (good size, great combination

of meat, cheese and toppings)

Value-2/5 (Burger, fries, and a drink

will set you back about $15)

Service-3/5 (Once past the line,

service is quick, but finding a table is

always difficult)

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Alice, Daphne, and Zoe on

New York Fashion Week

By Alice Taranto, Daphne Taranto, and Zoe Kestan

After this year, Bryant Park will no longer

be New York Fashion Week’s main hub. The

weeklong frenzy of shows and presentations for

the upcoming seasons will be held at Lincoln

Center. This news comes as a big change for

many as fashion week has grown to be synonymous

with the park and its big white tents. Bryant

Park represents the appreciation of the fashion

world and industry that has become custom in

New York. Before Bryant Park, shows were held

in various clubs, warehouses, or other uncentralized

locations, creating gaps between various

designers, editors, marketers, etcetera. Although

some shows have been and are held outside of

Bryant Park, the compilation of presenting many

of the shows in one major location has joined the

fashion community and legitimized it as a serious

element of New York business and culture. While

this conception will continue despite the new location,

the departure from the park is sentimental

in its transformative history.

When browsing

the online photos of the

New York Fashion Week

collections, all three of

us felt underwhelmed.

While American style,

and NYFW in particular,

is known for its basis

in practical sportswear

and wearability, for the

most part, gone was the

artistic excitement from

the NY autumn/winter

collections this year.

Jeremy Scott, whom we

count on for wild-n'-wierd garments, had a rather

subdued lineup. Yes, we know New Yorkers are

infamous for wearing only black, but this season

stormy colors

(shades of gray,

black, and white)

were abundant. In

fact, many of the

looks seemed interchangeable


shows, since designers'


seemed to coordinate

in "dark, serious,

and stern" this

season. Nearly every

show, including

Vivienne Tam, Marc

Jacobs, and Zero +

Maria Cornejo, featured

a "fresh" iteration of the gray suit - while we

can appreciate tailoring, we feel for the (although

fortunate) editors who are paid to attend all of the

collections. A lineup of gray pantsuits does

not make for the greatest show, although it

may sell well in a department store.

The usual smattering of sequins and textures

found their home again on the runway

in the form of chunky sweaters, sequined

tanks, and the occasional fancy pant. There

were some exceptions to the otherwise solemn

shows this season - the never-fail-toimpress

Suno (of "I would never have though

to put this with that!" pattern-pairing fame),

Chris Benz (who showed the usual loud prints

and interesting embellishments), and Rodarte

(this season, the Kate and Laura Mulleavy,

despite the trend in NY, lightened up and

showed frothy, romantic whites and pastels).

Perhaps the lesson for this fall is you need

not buy a whole new wardrobe to adopt a whole

new look - simply buying one investment, "it"

item and a few cheaper, trendier items will open

your eyes to the options your closet already holds.

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After coming off a very successful 2008

season, the reigning NFC number one seed, New

York Giants looked to close out their last season

in the Meadowlands with a fifth consecutive

playoff birth. Injuries and an untimely collapse,

however, left the Giants heading into their new

stadium with an 8-8 record, good for only 3rd

place in the NFC East.

The Giants started off strong with a 5-0

record, and the playoffs seemed more than likely.

After losing their next four games, the Giants

flaws became well noticed, and a fall from the

league’s elite was inevitable. Recovering to win

their next three games, the Giants fans had hope,

and believed that with a little luck, the Giants

would be in the playoffs. No such luck though

for the Giants, as they laid absolute eggs in the

final two games, especially the Week 16 loss to

the Panthers. To add insult to injury, this was the

final game the Giants would ever play in Giants

Stadium. The Giants were outscored those last

two weeks, 85-16, ending their season, clearly

not the same dominant team that won the Super

Bowl in 2007 nor the team that went 12-4 in


Overall, the Giants offense

was much better than expected. They

scored 402 points, averaging 25 points

per game. Their 8th ranked offense

was mainly a result of Eli Manning’s

best year of his career. He threw for

over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns,

all career highs, while leading a group

of talented, yet inexperienced, receivers

to become one of the league’s best


The Giants’ receiving core also

had a great year: they were led by 3rd

year man Steve Smith, whose 1,220

yards and 7 touchdowns landed him in

his first Pro Bowl. Mario Manningham

started strong, catching 4 touchdowns

in the first six games, only to cool down

later on in the season. The Giants also

benefited from a fantastic rookie year

MannHattan Review

Giants Season Review

By Charles Scherr


by Hakeem Nicks, catching 6 touchdowns and

790 yards, the second greatest yardage from a

rookie receiver in the NFL.

The weak link in the Giants’ offensive was

the rushing game and offensive line. The tough,

power football the Giants used to play totally

disappeared with the aging offensive line and an

off year from Brandon Jacobs. He rushed for only

835 yards, averaging a miniscule 3.7 yards per attempt.

The defense was clearly the Giants’ biggest

letdown. Sometimes, they just didn’t show up.

The Saints, Eagles (twice), Panthers, and Vikings

all put up 40+ points against the Giants. Those

five games (all losses) contributed greatly to the

427 points allowed by the Giant defensive -- third

worst in the league, only behind the dreadful Lions

and Rams.

Hopefully, with a new Defensive Coordinator,

draft picks, and free agents, the Giants, in

their inaugural season at the new stadium, can

restore the glory they once had. Maybe they could

look across the Hudson and take advice from the

guys in the Bronx who knew how to open their

new stadium the right way.

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Knicks and Nets S

By Matt Citak

With the long awaited summer of free

agents finally here, the 2009-2010 season has

been one to forget for Knicks and Nets fans.

While the Knicks still have a chance of making

the playoffs, the Nets are struggling just to get

through this season without making history. With

the end of the season quickly approaching, and

the Nets still with only 5 wins, it is looking more

and more like the Nets will end up with the worst

record ever in an NBA season.

After having a slow start to their season,

the New York Knicks stepped it up in the month

of December, with the help of all-star forward

David Lee, winning 9 out of their 15 games.

However, this hot streak ended quickly, with

the Knicks coming back down to earth in January

and February. The Knicks did make a splash

around the trade deadline. The day after trading

fan favorite and three-time Slam Dunk Champion

Nate Robinson to the Boston Celtics for Eddie

House and Bill Walker, the Knicks were part of

a blockbuster trade with the Houston Rockets

and Sacramento Kings. New York ended up with

former all-star Tracy McGrady, along with guard

Sergio Rodriguez. However, the key factor for the

Knicks in this trade was that they were able to

clear about $9 million dollars off of the salary cap

for this summer. Not only could this trade end up

propelling the Knicks into the playoffs (depending

on the play of McGrady), but it also spurred

them ahead of the Nets as the team with the

most cap space this summer. After Isiah Thomas

spent several years destroying this franchise,

new General Manager Donnie Walsh has already

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made Thomas an afterthought. The road to the

playoffs will not be easy for the Knicks, but after

their great play during the month of December,

anything is possible for this unpredictable team.

While the Knicks still have a chance to

make the playoffs, the same

cannot be said about the New

Jersey Nets. The Nets have by

far the worst record in the NBA,

with the next closest team having

9 more wins. New Jersey is

more than 20 games out of the

eighth and final playoff position

in the Eastern Conference.

At the pace they are winning

games, it seems as if they are

content with setting a new NBA

record for fewest number of

wins in a season. The current

record is 9 wins by the 1972-

1973 Philadelphia 76ers. As of

the end of February, the Nets

only have 5 wins this season.

After trading all-time great

Jason Kidd in 2008, the Nets failed to reach the

playoffs, breaking their record of six straight

years of postseason play. Their losing ways have

carried over into this season. Although this season

is one no one wants to remember, there has

been one shining part of this team: second year

center Brook Lopez. After a solid rookie season,

Lopez has truly stepped it up in his second year

in the league, averaging almost a double-double

per game. He is the building block for the future

of this franchise that desperately needs to rebuild

this upcoming off-season.

With both the Knicks and the Nets in major

need of help, this will be a crucial off-season.

One source of hope for the Nets season is that

they will have the best chance to win the first pick

of the NBA draft. Whoever wins this pick will win

the right to draft John Wall from the University

of Kentucky. Wall is the best college basketball

player in the country, and is almost guaranteed

to be the first pick in the draft. With this dismal

season, the Nets could not think of a better way to

start their off-season then by drafting John Wall,

who has the potential to become a future NBA superstar.

After the draft is over, things will start to

get really interesting


the NBA. This

off-season is

considered to

have the best

free agent class

of all time, with

players such as

Lebron James,

Dwayne Wade,

and Chris Bosh

leading the

way. Both the

Nets and the

Knicks would

do anything

to sign Lebron,

but with

the success the Cleveland Cavaliers are having

this season, it seems probable that Lebron will

stay in Cleveland. With Wade expected to stay

in Miami or possible go to the Chicago Bulls, it

leaves superstar Chris Bosh as the Knicks most

likely target. However, Lebron will likely at least

consider playing in New York, the biggest market

in the country. It is also known that Lebron is

friends with both John Wall and Nets minority

owner Jay-Z. The upcoming Nets move to Brooklyn,

and the possibility of winning the John Wall

sweepstakes, could create a possible Lebron-Wall

combination for the Nets next season. Only time

will tell what these two teams will look like a year

from now. But with each teams’ roster consisting

of at least 8 expiring contracts, both the Knicks

and the Nets will certainly have very different

looks next season.

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Mets and Yankees

By David Goodman


Jeff Wilpon, the Mets principal owner,

reportedly lost between 500 and 800 million

dollars as a result of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Whether the money lost played a role in the

reduction of the Mets’ payroll or not is unknown.

Regardless, the Mets entered the offseason with

a small budget. One main concern that the Mets

needed to address was their lack of power hitting;

the Mets finished the 2009 season with a mere 95

homeruns, earning them the last place spot in all

of baseball. The Mets addressed this problem by

signing outfielder Jason Bay, a former player for

the Boston Red Sox. Bay brings power and stability

to the Mets’ Left Field, which was occupied in

2009 by a rotating cast of Gary Sheffield, Cory

Sullivan, Angel Pagan and other non-descript

role players. The Mets also had to address their

pitching woes, after a somewhat lackluster season

from behind the mound. They came up short

in the John Lackey sweepstakes and failed to

bring in any other pitchers of merit. The Mets did

manage to take fliers on other pitchers who could

provide some upside. Among these pitchers was

injury-riddled starter/reliever Kelvim Escobar

who pitched for the Angels before he was shut

down by injuries.

The Mets are bringing

back the same infield

they carried for much

of last season. David

Wright hopes to rediscover

his power

stroke at third base.

Jose Reyes will look to

bounce back from an

injury-plagued year at

shortstop. Luis Castillo

aspires to keep up his

Renaissance numbers

from last year and

deliver another strong

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season at second base. Daniel Murphy seeks to

gain experience and improve at first base. The

Mets have signed an array of journeyman catchers

hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. Omir

Santos will be the starting catcher, backed up by

either Henry Blanco, Shawn Riggans or Chris

Coste. The outfield, which should have been

anchored by perennial

all-star center

fielder, Carlos Beltran,

will be missing

his services for at

least the first month

or two of the season

because his of knee

surgery. Jeff Francoeur,

who came on

strong for the Mets

after being traded

from the Braves

for Ryan Church

in the middle of

last year, will man

Right Field. Left

Field will be occupied by Jason Bay, hoping to

inject the Mets lineup with the power that they

were missing during last year’s season. The pitching

rotation may be a problem area for the Mets;

besides Johan Santana, the Mets really

have no sure things. Mike Pelfrey, John

Maine, Oliver Perez and Fernando Nieve

round out the Mets rotation, all with their

own hurdles to overcome. The bullpen

should be a strong suit for the 2010 Mets,

with closer Francisco Rodriguez finishing

games and bullpen stalwarts Shawn

Green and Pedro Feliciano bridging the

gap to Rodriguez. Overall, The Mets of

this year is very similar to the Mets of last

year. I predict they will go 76-86 and finish

in third place behind the Philadelphia

Phillies and Florida Marlins.

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Season Preview


The World Series Champion New York

Yankees came into the off-season needing to upgrade

Center Field, sign a Left-Fielder and add a

fourth starter to solidify their rotation. The Yankees

accomplished two of these needs through

trade, receiving Center fielder Curtis Granderson

from the Detroit

Tigers and


pitcher Javier

Vasquez from

the Atlanta

Braves. The

Yankees also

signed Left-

Fielder Randy

Winn to back

up Brett Gardner

as well as

first baseman/

Designated Hitter, Nick Johnson. The Yankees

took home the World Series last year from the

strength of their lineup and their three horses

in the pitching rotation. The lineup will be very

similar to last year, anchored by Alex Rodriguez,

Mark Texiera, Derek

Jeter and Jorge Posada.

Although, there will

be differences: Nick

Johnson will replace

Hideki Matsui and

Curtis Granderson will

replace Johnny Damon.

Jorge Posada will

continue to catch for

the Yankees, backed

up by rookie Francisco

Cervelli. The positioning

of the outfielders is

one of the few things

that is still left undecided

by manager Joe Girardi. Brett Gardner

who is a superior defensive outfielder to Curtis

Granderson may wrestle the Center Field job

from Granderson by the end of spring training;

otherwise, Gardner will stay in Left Field while

Granderson continues to play Center Field.

The rotation will have Yankee-sophomores, C.C.

Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, at the front end, followed

by Andy

Pettite and

Javier Vasquez.

The fifth spot

in the rotation

is up for grabs

between Philip

Hughes, Joba


and Chad Gaudin.

Hughes is

the early favorite

due to Joba’s

struggles in the

rotation last

year, but this

battle is still a

toss up. Vazquez did not perform well in his last

stint with the Yankees. However, the last six years

have provided Vasquez with more seasoning, allowing

him to better handle New York.

The bullpen, occupied by many Yankee

farmhands, looks to stay strong, with

Mariano Rivera shutting the door at the

end of games. Even with the improvements

that Boston has made during this

off-season, I still predict that the Yankees

will win the A.L. East Crown with a

record of 101-61.

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New York Olympians

By Harrison Finkelstein

Andrew Weichbrecht:

Andrew was born in February 1986 and grew

up in Lake Placid, the host city of the 1980 Winter

Olympics. He attended Dartmouth College

and his nickname is “Warberg”. This dense

5’6” 180 pound American skier competed very

respectably in his first Olympic games, taking

home the bronze in the men’s super–G.

Tim Burke:

Biathloner Tim Burke is now a Lake Placid resident, although he was

born in Paul Smiths, New York in February 1982. He began competing

in biathlons at the age of twelve. After Burke competed in five

events, his best finish was eighteenth. An interesting fact about Tim

is that he always carries a bottle of hot sauce with him on the road. In

addition, he dates Andrea Henkel, who was a double gold medalist at

the 2002 Winter Olympics.

John Daly:

John was born in June 1985 and is a native

of Long Island, New York. He now resides in

Smithtown, New York. Daly began skeleton

in 2001. Previously, he was an All-American

decathlete. John successfully competed in the

Olympic games with three top 20 finishes.

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Bill Demong:

In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Bill Demong became

the first American Nordic Combined champion.

Bill was born in March 1980 in Lake Placid, New

York; only a month after the 1980 Winter Olympics.

The same night that he won the gold medal,

he was selected to represent the United States as

the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. On that

very same day, Bill courageously proposed to his


Chris Drury:

Chris may be the most well known and most

accomplished of these athletes. Even as a

young boy, Chris was a stud as he won the

Little League World Series in 1989. He now

plays in the NHL and is currently the captain

of the New York Rangers. Before these

Olympics, Drury had already won a silver

medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt

Lake City. He added another silver medal to

his resume in these Olympics as the American

hockey team lost a heartbreaking overtime

game in the finals to Canada.

Julie Chu:

Julie became the first Asian-American to compete for the US

women’s hockey team in the 2010 Winter Olympics. This New

Yorker was a standout hockey player at Harvard. She set the

NCAA record for points and was a three time All-American. After

Julie made the 2002 Olympic roster, her whole family got tattoos

commemorating the event. The US women’s hockey team, like its

male counterpart, lost in the finals of the 2010 Olympics, to the

home team Canada.

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